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Premier League

  • March 29, 2014
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 25661

West Brom 3-3 Cardiff City: Daehli hands Bluebirds late lifeline

West Brom 3-3 Cardiff City: Daehli hands Bluebirds late lifeline

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The Baggies looked to have secured a vital three points when Thievy scored at the death, but Ole Gunnar Scolskjaer's side mustered a much-needed equaliser with seconds to spare

Cardiff City twice came from behind to earn a dramatic 3-3 draw against West Brom and keep their hopes of Premier League survival alive.

Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring for the Baggies with a sensational long range effort before Graham Dorrans doubled the hosts' advantage.

By Tom Davis

This game had all the makings of a classic and it didn’t disappoint, with Cardiff getting off to the worst possible start with two goals conceded early on.

Morgan Amalfitano’s wonder-goal and a quick Graham Dorrans second sent the home fans into raptures, but they squandered their lead as the Bluebirds showed dominance in the second-half to equalise for 2-2.

Thievy Bifouma’s late goal looked to be the winner but Cardiff didn’t roll over. Mats Daehli added to the drama with a last-minute equaliser and it was deserved.

Cardiff showed fight, spirit and heart – just what is needed for this relegation battle.
But Jordon Mutch responded on the half-hour mark and Steven Caulker headed in the crucial equaliser in the second half.

Thievy Bifouma looked to have clinched three points for West Brom with a late winner, but Mats Moller Daehli equalised moments later with seconds to play.

Baggies boss Pepe Mel had described the game as a "final" in the build-up and his side were certainly up for the big occasion, as Amalfitano put West Brom ahead with a lob from an audacious angle early on.

With moments of genuine quality lacking in the hosts' season to date, the Marseille loanee conjured up a delightful effort to break the deadlock with the West Brom faithful on their feet again soon after when Dorrans doubled the lead.

Amalfitano was again involved as his lofted delivery found its way to Dorrans via Metj Vydra and the Scot slid the ball home to put his side in control.

Mutch - scorer of two goals in Cardiff’s 6-3 defeat to Liverpool last weekend - was on target again to reduce the deficit as his lofted effort caught out Ben Foster.

Only Mutch will know if he truly meant to go for goal, but a back-pedalling Foster was beaten as Cardiff were handed a lifeline before the interval.

Captain Caulker looked to have got the crucial goal 17 minutes from time but the late drama continued in a game neither side could afford to lose.

Thievy slotted home what looked the winner, but Daehli earned the visitors a potentially vital point that keeps their survival hopes alive while Mel will be left to rue West Brom's inabaility to capitalise on their strong start.